The Short Story vs The Novel
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In today’s episode, M. Evelina Galang joins Bianca, Carly, and CeCe to critique Books with Hooks submissions while also talking about her short story collection, When the Hibiscus Falls. During the episode, they discuss how to connect short stories and arrange them into a collection; using setting to inform the story; zooming into plot points in a query; clever ways to world build; meeting a character other than the protagonist in the opening pages; using a personal universal element to connect readers with characters and what this means in the short story format vs a novel; introducing a story’s question in the first line; authenticity of foreign languages that are not foreign to the character; context clues and missing details in query letters; the importance of selecting the right comps; using swear words in women’s fiction; how working in the film industry can inform your writing in terms of attention to detail; line level writing; and starting in media res.
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